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The chief of Afghanistan's Local Police on Thursday said he believes that regional spy agencies are attempting to prevent the police from forming units in some of the remote parts of Afghanistan.

Alisha Ahmadzai said there is pressure from both inside and outside Afghanistan warning him to not set up ALP forces in some of the country's villages.

In an interview with TOLOnews, he said that he believes at least one of the threatening phonecalls he has received on the matter came from Iran.

"There are some unknown people and groups and sometimes they are threaten me to not create local police in villages -- I think they are regional intelligence agencies," Ahmadzai said.

He said the government will continue to establish ALP units in villages because they are useful for security at a local level, and those who oppose the formation are opposing peace.

"There are some groups taking advantage of the insecurity and that is why they don't want local police to exist in villages," he said.

The ALP is now about 20,550 strong with most of the recruits working in their local districts.

It was first set up about 27 months ago in the Gizab district of Uruzgan province.

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